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The Value of IP: Raising Capital With Patents As Collateral

Intangible assets make up over 80% of the S&P 500 today. In today’s market, intellectual property holdings have become core aspects in a growing number of businesses in a multitude of sectors from biotech to cyber security. As a result, asset-based lenders have turned to IP portfolios as another form of collateral to secure their loans. This creates new pathways for companies to raise capital using their IP. If lenders deem the value of physical assets inadequate to serve as insurance, patents could offer an alternative source of collateral that can often surpass the value of physical assets. Join us to discuss how to harness the value of a robust IP portfolio and learn the necessary requirements to secure these intangible assets for funding.

Our panelists will discuss

  • IP backed debt capital financing and its advantages
    Raise capital without highly dilutive round
    No equity or minimal warrant ownership
    Leverage IP value to reduce cost of capital
    Ability to raise more capital for longer runway
  • First hand experiences with the process from companies
  • Basic Requirements
  • Balancing this option with traditional debt and equity raises

Moderator: Keegan Caldwell, Managing Member, Caldwell IP


  • Geoff Pope, Senior Vice President at Aon Risk Solutions
  • Arran Stewart, Founder and CVO of, Contributor for NASDAQ
  • Christian Wentz, CEO, Gradient
  • Chad Willardson, Founder, President Pacific Capital
  • Date

    August 18, 2022 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm

  • Location

    MIT Stata Center
    32 Vassar Street, Cambridge, 02139, 1

  • Cost